Minot city manager David Waind received a strong send-off at a retirement ceremony that drew family, friends, community leaders and many current and previous co-workers.
"He had a great run with the city," said Robert Schempp, who served as city manager when Waind was serving as city clerk and human resources manager and later assistant manager.
Waind started as a six-month intern in 1974, returning in 1979 to eventually become the city's third longest-serving city manager with 17 years in the office.
Lt. Col. Jorge Jimenez presents a photo of the 5th Comptroller Squadron at Minot Air Force Base to retiring city manager David Waind at Waind’s retirement ceremony Friday.
"In order to serve as long as he did, you have to have a love for the job and the people who are serving," Schempp said. "It's a credit to the person and the city."
Lt. Col. Jorge Jimenez, commander of the 5th Comptroller Squadron at Minot Air Force Base said Waind, who was Minot's honorary commander for his squadron, was a role model in embracing him into the community and opening his home to his family.
"You create a lot of impressions of the community based on the individual. The city of Minot could not have given me anyone with higher values and commitment than Dave," Jimenez said.
City hires recruiting agency for city manager search
A recruiting agency has been named to find a new city manager for Minot.
The local selection committee appointed to consider applicants has selected The Prothman Company, which specializes in national and regional executive services.
Representatives from Prothman will be visiting the area for stakeholder interviews with the mayor, members of council, city department heads and members of the community to properly develop a candidate profile. According to Prothman, it typically takes from 10 to 14 weeks to complete the recruiting process. The committee hopes to announce a new city manager toward the end of July 2014.
"We use outside contractors all the time to conduct city business," Mayor Curt Zimbelman said. "Whether it's engineering or contracting, we utilize the expertise that's available to us. This situation is no different. We were not seeing the candidates we would have liked to have seen through the standard application process, so we decided the best thing to do was hire a recruiting firm."
Lisa Jundt, city clerk and director of human resources, said The Prothman Company is well respected and has a track record of finding long-term candidates that fit the communities in which they are placed. The company has placed several managers in communities similar to Minot, she said.
City finance director Cindy Hemphill will act as interim city manager until a replacement for retiring manager Dave Waind is recruited.
On behalf of the squadron, Jimenez presented Waind with a photo of the squadron and a commander's coin, a traditional parting gift. He also gave another gift traditional to Minot AFB a Tundra Survival Certificate. The certificate documented that since 1974, Waind survived 1,492 days below zero, 1,567.5 inches of snowfall and temperatures as cold as 40 below.